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What happens to the power on the raspberry pi 3 when I do a shutdown from the "Raspbian GUI" or the command line?

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    In very short: nothing. – Ghanima Feb 3 '17 at 21:11
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The Raspberry Pi cannot turn itself off properly. Thats why after a Raspbian shutdown the Pi will still consume an non-negligble amount of current (up to 30 mA). This also means that the 5V rail is indeed always on.

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You can soft reboot your Pi with

sudo reboot

And your Pi will continue to consume power if plugged in and shutdown.

If you want a hard reboot, just disconnect the power (after shutting down) and reconnect.

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